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Cellana stellifera

Cellana stellifera
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order: Patellogastropoda
Suborder: Patellina
Superfamily: Patelloidea
Family: Patellidae
Genus: Cellana
Species: C. stellifera
Binomial name
Cellana stellifera
(Gmelin, 1791)

Patella stellifera Gmelin, 1791
Helcioniscus stellifera phymatius Suter, 1905

Cellana stellifera, or the star limpet, is a species of true limpet, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Nacellidae.


This species is endemic to the North Island and the northern half of the South Island of New Zealand.


This limpet is found low down in the intertidal zone.

Shell description

The shell is solid, broadly ovate, of rather low profile, apex at about the anterior third, sculptured with numerous, low, rounded radial ridges, crossed by dense delicate concentric lamellae.

Coloration of the exterior is dark reddish-brown, mostly showing a white or light yellowish star at the apex. The interior is bluish or purplish-grey with a silver sheen, the apical star showing in the area of the muscle attachment mark on the underside of the shell.

The maximum shell length is 70 mm, width 58 mm, and height 21 mm.


* Powell A. W. B., William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1

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